Anita Mui dead
. Just a short note, but this hasn't been mentioned in most publications (in Austriaonly my paper had an obit and that was just because a friend mailed me the sad news, nothing came through the official press agency channels and I haven't seen much on the web either; outside Asian discussion boards, a tleast): Anita Mui has died, only 41 years old, from cervical cancer (she had announced her illness this September): Not only was she - by all accounts - a lovely, selfless person (and, not only by my account, a lovely sight) as well as a good Canto-pop singer (The Heroic Trio
tune is by her, for instance), but she was one of the most versatile actresses of her generation - and along with Maggie (MAGGIE!), Brigitte Lin and Michelle Yeoh probably one of the female key figures for everyone who dicovered HK cinema in the early 90s. She was brillant at comedy (cf. Johnnie To's unheralded Wu Yen
or her turn opposite Stephen Chow in Justice, My Foot!
), but she also easily stood her own against all great action superstars of HK: Jet Li, Jackie Chan etc. Hell, it was her who taught Chow Yun-Fat how to shoot & strut (in A Better Tomorrow III
). May she rest in peace.